#NPRSource of the Week: Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty is a professor of economics at Stanford University and is a 2012 MacArthur fellowship recipient. His work on tax policy, unemployment and education has helped to shape government policy.

Chetty’s current research combines empirical evidence and theory, and focuses on equality of opportunity and how to give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding later in life. He has been named one of the top economists in the world by The New York Times and The Economist. He is the editor of the Journal of Public Economics and has appeared on WBUR’s On Point, NPR’s All Things Considered and Planet Money.

Members of the Harvard Economics Department
Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, formerly of Harvard University, is pictured in Littauer Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer



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#NPRSource of the Week: Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an international affairs expert and senior editor at The Diplomat, an online Asian Affairs magazine. He writes daily on politics, security, economics, and culture in the Asia-Pacific region, and hosts a podcast on Asian geopolitics.




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#NPRSource of the Week: Raynard Kington

Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”




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Amy Liu

Amy Liu serves as vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground.

As senior fellow and co-director of the Metro Program, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Liu also has extensive experience working with states and the federal government to develop policies and strategies to support cities and metropolitan areas. She co-authored “Delivering the Next Economy: The States Step Up,” outlining a model for states to support bottom-up regional innovation and put this into practice when she worked with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders to develop the New York Regional Economic Development Councils process, a pioneering model for regionalizing state economic development and incentivizing bottom-up innovation.

At the federal level, in 2013 Liu served as a special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, guiding policy priorities related to trade, innovation, and data.

Amy Liu, co-founder of of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in Washington. (Sharon Farmer/sfphotoworks)

Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution

Areas of Expertise: Economic Development, Exports and Trade, State and Metropolitan Policies, Social Equity, Post-Disaster Recovery

Contact Information:

Email: aliu@brookings.edu
Twitter: @amy_liuw
Media contact: Allison Courtin, acourtin@brookings.edu, 202.238.3556

Location: Washington, DC

Heard on the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast: Amy Liu Discusses New Orleans’ Resilience 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

This Week’s #NPRSource: Sung Won Sohn and Margaret Simms

If you’ve been following our features, you’ll have noticed that we’ve had NPR journalists on different beats – politics, science, arts – guest edit Source of the Week. This week, we have two producers from NPR Newscast, Robert Garcia and Dave Pignanelli, taking over the guest editing reins.

In light of the recent volatility in global markets, Dave recommended a source that could speak on this issue:

Sung Sohn

“Dr. Sung Won Sohn is an economist who specializes in the global economy – China in particular. What’s great about Dr. Sohn is that he doesn’t speak in jargon. He is excellent at putting business and economic news into context. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Markets consistently rank him among the top economic forecasters in the U.S.”

Margaret Simms

“Dr. Margaret Simms is a policy expert who works for the Urban Institute. She is renowned for her expertise on the economic well-being of African Americans, and has been featured on Marketplace and Tell Me More. She is the kind of expert who can give us a deeper understanding into the character of urban communities and how they are affected by violence and by lack of economic opportunity. Of course, she can’t speak directly to the law enforcement aspects, that’s not her area of expertise, but I would recommend Dr. Simms for the ‘2nd and 3rd’ day stories – once we’ve gotten past the headlines and are able to take a deeper dive into underlying aspects of the challenges facing America’s urban areas.”

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Caroline Hoxby, Professor of Economics at Stanford University


“I think the most important thing is for families to start a little bit early. If you have a 16-year-old or a 17-year-old, start now. If you are a senior and you still have not figured out how you’re going to pay for college, it is not too late to start. First, think about the colleges for which you’d be well-suited without reference to cost, and then with your list of colleges, go online and go to those colleges’ net cost calculators.

Figure out how much it would cost you. Ignore all of the information that you may hear from your neighbors and your friends about how much they think college costs or something that you hear that’s alarmist. Go and figure out how much it’s going to cost you and focus on that.”

Caroline Hoxby speaking to NPR’s Michel Martin on How to Pay for College

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Graciela Aponte


Graciela Aponte is the Communications and Policy Analyst for the Center for Responsible Lending’s (CRL) California office. Prior to her current position, she was a Senior Legislative Analyst for the Wealth-Building Policy Project at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR).

While at NCLR, Aponte testified before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Servicesregarding mortgage market reform, predatory lending and FHA reform. In 2011, she was a fellow with The Opportunity Agenda. Aponte was a bilingual housing counselor at Housing Initiative Partnership in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and prior to that she was the Director of Grants and Appropriations to Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez of New York, and Community Liaison to Congressman Albert Wynn of Maryland.

Aponte’s work and expertise has appeared on NBC LatinoRadiobilingue and Hispanic Link News Service. She received her bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.


Communications and Policy Analyst for Center for Responsible Lending

Areas of Expertise: Access to Homeownership, Foreclosures, Racial Wealth Gap, Payday Lending, Housing Counseling, Consumer Protections

Location: Oakland, CA

Contact Information:

Phone: (301) 351-7715

Email: Graciela.Aponte@responsiblelending.org

Twitter: @CRLCalifornia

Heard testifying at the American Mortgage System Review, airing on C-SPAN